TBCF was initially set up by a group of breast cancer survivors to provide support and empower other women and individuals affected by the disease. Support and empowerment remains an important service offered by TBCF and the organisation plans to ensure more women, not only those affected by breast cancer, but also cervical cancer, are supported and empowered through our activites.
Various studies have shown that women and other affected individuals suffer from emmense emotional and psychological trauma caused by cancer and are not able to access emotional support or counselling services, particulartly in African countries such as Tanzania with low income communities. Many women in Tanzania also tend to suffer in silence due to social stigma.
Additionally, due to financial constraints and poor health care facilities, many women are not able to access proper medical care for screening and early detection as well as after treatment care and palliative care.